Mike Ashley’s 12-year transfer delay perfectly sums up miserable Newcastle reign

Newcastle United fans must be going through a wide range of different and contrasting emotions.

Many feel liberated from the ownership of Mike Ashley, who sat at the top of the Magpies’ hierarchy for over 14 years.

There have been very few ownerships in Premier League history as contentious, fractious, and controversial as the British billionaire.

Football supporters and pundits alike felt he lacked ambition and passion for the football team, who have not won a major trophy since 1955.

And this is perhaps best encapsulated by the fact it took Ashley over 12 years to break their own transfer record, which was the £17m they paid for Michael Owen in 2005.

Despite most of their Premier League rivals frequently passing their respective transfer barriers in pursuit for glory, the fee they paid Real Madrid for the former Ballon D’Or winner was intact until they signed Miguel Almiron in 2019.

The Paraguayan’s arrival from Atlanta United cost the club £21m, but the signing did little to qualm the anger of Newcastle fans who felt it was too little too late.

They have gone on to surpass Almiron’s fee on two more occasions; making Joe Willock's loan move permanent as well as signing Joelinton from Arsenal and Hoffenheim respectively.

While fans of the Tyneside club were buzzing about the permanent signing of Willock, who contributed eight goals in 14 appearances on a successful loan spell from Arsenal in January, Joelinton has left plenty to be desired.

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The Brazilian is the club’s record signing, costing the Magpies £40m; however, his record of 10 goals and eight assists in 88 appearances has not impressed the fans.

In fact, it gave them another reason to be dissatisfied with Ashley and the rest of the club; giving them an ample opportunity to bemoan poor investment, instead of a lacking.

Many Newcastle fans will be hoping the £305m takeover of the club by the Saudi Arabian led consortium will bring them the success they craved under Ashley’s ownership.

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